English title: Russian Police Involvement in the Shadow Economy

Author(s): Anastasia Dubova - Leonid Kosal's -

Language: English

Type: Journal article

Year: 2013

Abstract

Russian society does not place much trust in the police; at least, it trusts the police markedly less than the public does in most European countries. It is only fair to note that this is a problem in many developing countries and states undergoing extensive reform. Thus, figures show that the Ukrainian public has even less trust in its police than Russians have in theirs. People have sufficient grounds for their distrust: in particular, the high level of coercion used by the police in performing their functions, their inadequate professionalism, and corruption and commercialization that have long surpassed the limits of random individual bribery. In fact, it is possible to speak of large-scale police involvement in the shadow economy, a sort of “illegal market.” Jens Beckert and Frank Wehinger write that at present, research into such markets is urgent. One cannot dispute that, but we need to keep in mind that the line between legal and illegal markets is usually hard to discern. This is especially true of countries undergoing transformation with undeveloped institutions and a low level of legal culture.

Volume: 51

Issue: 4

From page no: 48

To page no: 58

Refereed: Yes

DOI: 10.2753/RUP1061-1940510405

Journal: Russian politics and law